Our weatherman has reported the end of winter here in MN; mild weather lies ahead in the forecast. I haven’t worn a coat outside for the past two days — ah, spring!
While we rejoice in the pleasant weather, springtime isn’t a cakewalk for the wildlife. Yes, temperatures are more tolerable, but increased daylength in the spring usually means animals are more active (thus, increasing energy expenses) and there is even less food for them than there was a couple of months ago. The vegetation is still dormant, as are the insects, and flowers, fruits, and nectar won’t be available for weeks. So…it’s back to the bird feeders to supplement the waning nutrition found in the forest.
I’ve often heard the Pileated Woodpeckers make their eerie-sounding call in distant backyard. The pair is resident on the same territory all year, though it might expand slightly in the winter. But the first time I’ve seen them at the suet feeders this winter was just the past week, so perhaps supplies of overwintering grubs is running low in the forest.